YFM Dialogues with the Youth

Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, a human right and anti corruption media non-governmental organisation, has called on the youth to develop some interest in government’s poverty reduction intervention programmes to better their lot.

He said youth unemployment had become the greatest continental problem in Africa, hence the need for the youth to take advantage of such policies and programmes to create jobs for themselves.

Mr Ahenu gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sideline of the launching of the Brong-Ahafo Chapter of Activista, in Sunyani.

Action Aid Ghana, another NGO instituted the Activista which is a voluntary youth movement that provides opportunities for young people to engage in the fight for social justice in society.

Mr Ahenu said the current high unemployment rate in the country was an indication that successive governments had failed the youth.
He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government for the numerous poverty intervention strategies that focus on job creation and poverty reduction.

But, Mr Ahenu added that until the youth develop interest and get themselves enrolled in those programmes, it would be difficult for them to get jobs.

He lauded the implementation of particularly the “planting for food and jobs” as well as the one-district-one-factory, programmes saying such government projects were unprecedented and highly commendable.

Mr Ahenu expressed concern about the rife in corruption and challenged the youth to hold duty bearers accountable.

“If we sit-down unconcerned, the politician would create a mess and destroy our economy which we are going to suffer the consequences in the long term”, Mr Ahenu added.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh